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Some of my long-time music therapy friends with autism, communication deficits, and developmental disabilities are in rather rocky phases of their lives, as demonstrated by increased aggression toward peers, family members, and other caregivers over the past few weeks and months. We’ve been working together to determine the cause, but, meanwhile, I’m glad I’m a […]

High School Inquiries about Music Therapy

The key to answering questions from high school students about a career in music therapy are to lead the youngsters to reliable resources and to provide inspiring yet concise answers. Take a look at the answers I provided to interview questions sent to me by a high school student this past week. Pay particular attention […]

Reality of Life-Long Disability

Everything’s set for launching into a new week of music therapy adventures, spending time with MT friends of all ages, interests, abilities, and challenges. We will enjoy connecting through music, interacting face-to-face, addressing issues, learning about the world around us, making music with friends, and – as I’ve already said – addressing issues, some of […]

Fact or Fiction?

Many of my music therapy friends of all ages diagnosed with autism have some difficulty sorting out the imaginary world from real life. Over the years, teachers families, and MT friends have appreciated music therapy resources based on actual people, places, and happenings in their lives. This “song book” I wrote for my grandson, Peter, […]

Group Music Therapy Toolbox

Any of you MT colleagues had the same “bottom-fall-out-from-under-you” feeling when you walked into a room for music therapy adventures with a group and realize you left your guitar behind? Or when you realize 3 of the 7 participants are not connecting you or any music that particular day? Or when you resign yourself to […]

Transportation & Music Therapy

What do boom whackers, hot wheels, banjos, and paper airplanes have to do with music therapy? These are just a few of the items found in my bag as I rolled from place to place this week to share music therapy adventures focusing on transportation with groups & individuals of all ages, all levels of […]

Alert: MT Rant Ahead!

ALERT: RANT AHEAD! The time has arrived for me to share some very strong opinions with my music therapy colleagues and other professionals who provide services for the elderly. Because I was born in 1951, I am now officially a “senior citizen” or “older person” or whatever term is socially appropriate these days. This status […]

Looooong-term Music Therapy

I’ve known my music therapy friend, Wilbur Lee Hargis since 1975 when I was his music therapist at a residential training program for adults with visual impairments at Texas Lion’s Camp. Forty-one years later, July 11, 2016, we are celebrating his 88th birthday. Wilbur lost his sight when he was in second grade. “I was […]

Never Fear!

Just four days until the June 30 recertification deadline for some MT-BCs, but it is not too late to earn a boatload of CMTE credits from a CBMT Approved Provider via our practical, straight-forward, highly-rated, inexpensive self-study e-courses. Just listen to audio discussion on your own time while following the workbook outline, complete assignments related […]

Chillin’ the Blues!

Some of our board certified music therapy colleagues are stressing over the pending June 30 deadline for earning CMTE credits required to renew their board certification from the Certification Board for Music Therapists. But my long-time music therapy buddy Seth reminds ‘em to use a 2-step strategic plan to avoid the deadline blues: FIRST, chill […]